19th Century women existed to take care of the home. Women were expected to cook, clean, take care of the children, and serve their husbands. All of this made up the women's sphere.
During the Progressive Era, female reformers began to argue that women belong in the public sphere and started pushing for reform.
The Suffrage Movement did not always get lots of attention, and was a long battle for woman.
Lesson Activity: Click on the Suffrage Movement Facts button and read about Woman's suffrage. With your group fill out the time line that is at each of your table. Each date will go with a significant event of the suffrage movement.
THE NINETEENTH AMENDMENT:
On June 4, 1919, the United States Senate approved the 19th amendment to the Constitution, which states, “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” On August 18, 1920, Tennessee became the needed 36th state to ratify the amendment.
Importance: The Progressives' desire for reform did not include a strong interest in women's rights. Women activists struggled for equality without significant help from the Progressives. During the era, women finally won the right to vote. They also made other advances. Even so, women knew they had a long way to go before reaching full equality.